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.s. government to get updates, to make sure the families are kept apprised. but you also expect and every department has this. if it's an employee lost, or a member of one of our law enforcement or intelligence service, that agency takes ownership of making sure to shepherd the person through the system and around the system. in many respects, it's sort of incomprehensible to me. these are people -- the family members were identified. they met with senior officials, and it is not as though they don't know where she is. >> initially i thought maybe they were in contact with sean smith's wife, who, i guess, is in the netherlands. but she was at this reception. they clearly talked to her. >> that's right. in fact, often times with a family that's lost someone, there's more than one person. so you'll have the parents of the victim, you may have a spouse, extended family. and it becomes the government' s responsibility to care for that family and keep the family informed. >> jill, you reached out to the state department this evening about what pat is saying what are they saying? >> they are sa
. there is the family and you may have the spouse. and it becomes the government' s responsibility to keep the family in formed. >> you reached out to the state department what are they saying? >> they are saying since the beginning they have made it a priority to maintain contact. they say in the last 24 hours before the hearing they reached out by phone to at least one member of the family and told them what would be reported at the congressional hearing and they also said that the mother of sean is contacted by us. so, they won't get into a lot of specifics but they maintain that they have been in contact with the families in some way or another since the beginning. >> they are now say that go they will contact mrs. smith. >> yes, they say they will make sure that they are. >> at this point, who are they supposed to believe? >> there have been so ma different stories out there and now there is lots of political allegations and we had this hearing today and some saw it as a political hearing. >> you know look, this is really hard. in the first 48 to 72 hours, the first facts are often wrong. the am
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